Sleeping; as, a dormant animal; hence, not in action or exercise; quiescent; at rest; in abeyance; not disclosed, asserted, or insisted on; as, dormant passions; dormant claims or titles.
- Lying asleep or as if asleep; inactive.
- Latent but capable of being activated: "a harrowing experience which . . . lay dormant but still menacing” ( Charles Jackson).
- Temporarily quiescent: a dormant volcano. See Synonyms at inactive, latent.
- In a condition of biological rest or inactivity characterized by cessation of growth or development and the suspension of many metabolic processes.